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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 28

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • News Briefs

    Library starts adult reading program

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia will be holding an adult reading program through April 6.
    The program is open to individuals age 18 or older, and prizes will be given for every three books that are read.
    The names of all participants will be put into a drawing for a Walmart gift card, and a prize will be given for the most books read.
    The books, audio books or e-books must be checked out from Evans Public Library. Individuals may sign up at the library.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A 20-member committee began a study on the needs and problems in Vandalia School District facilities.
    Rachel Engel, the reigning Miss Fayette County Fair, was competing in the Miss Illinois County Fair pageant in Springfield.
    About seven years after the Fayette County Board agreed to begin setting monies aside for such a project, the current board voted to begin work on an addition to the county courthouse and improvements to the existing building.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 73 years ago, was in the service and then farmed. He lives south of Brownstown and has three daughters.

    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.

  • Vandalia's first schools were by subscription

    The first school in Vandalia was taught by a Mr. Jackson in a little log shed in 1819. This tidbit of historical data, from the History of Fayette County, Illinois, published in 1878, sets the scene for this article.

  • Legal Notices a vital window

    Each week, in the pages of The Leader-Union, we strive to keep you informed about the news of Fayette County.

  • Stokke will speak at third Lenten Luncheon

    The Rev. Krista Stokke, who began her ministry at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee in January, will be the speaker at the third Lenten Luncheon, which will be held at St. James Lutheran Church.

  • Enbridge explains plans for pipeline at open house on Tuesday

    A company that plans to lay a pipeline through the center of Fayette County came to Vandalia on Tuesday to explain those plans.

  • Rutherford considering run for governor

    During Dan Rutherford’s recent visit to Vandalia, it was intimated that he would be a gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

  • Vandal wrestlers lose heartbreaker at state

    BLOOMINGTON – After some of the early bouts didn’t go as well as Vandalia had planned, it was up to a pair of freshmen to keep alive the team’s hopes of advancing at state.

    Kolten Etcheson and Kendrick Woolsey each refused to get pinned in their bouts, leaving the Vandals a chance to win the match against Litchfield in the first round of Saturday’s Illinois High School Association dual team state tournament.

    But it wasn’t to be, as Vandalia fell just short in a 31-29 loss.